Rural unemployment rates are high and economic development often lags behind urban areas. One way to address these circumstances is through worker-owned cooperatives. Cooperative ventures in general have a long tradition in rural America and they may be another option for employment. In a worker cooperative the cooperators own and manage the entire business. They may jointly purchase or own the raw materials of production, the facilities in which their work takes place, the equipment and supplies used, and all other assets necessary to market the final good or service.
The following three publications describe organizing, managing, and operating worker-owned cooperatives that include people with disabilities.
- Project dates: 2000-2001
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. H133B70017-01; S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Grant No. RBS-99-17
- Principal staff: Tom Seekins, Ph.D., Nancy Arnold, Ph.D., Catherine Ipsen, Ph.D., Chuck Sperry, Ph.D.
- Related projects:
- Action on Self Employment
- National Study of People with Disabilities who are Self-Employed
- Rural Self-Employment Opportunities
- State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Self-Employment Policies and Procedures
- Steps for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors: Helping a Consumer Start a Business
- Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Self-Employment: Rural/Urban Use